The general assumption among most patients is that teeth are usually lost due to decay. However, the main reason is gum (periodontal) disease. Sometimes there are symptoms, but sometimes there are no warning signs until you are at the point of losing your teeth. Bleeding gums and loose teeth are symptoms that should be addressed immediately with our care. Advanced gum infection may require surgery, but less severe cases can be reversed with nonsurgical methods.
years, the main health risk with gum disease was losing your teeth.
However, recent research has revealed a link between chronic gum
infection and life-threatening conditions such as cardiovascular
disease, stroke, and diabetes. Dentists now consider periodontal (gum)
disease to be a more serious problem than losing your teeth.
Even worse, the American Dental Association believes that 80% of the adult American population has infected gums. This is at an epidemic proportion and is as serious as any life-threatening illness.
It is important to realize that the bacteria infecting the gums are circulated through the bloodstream, affecting every vital organ in the body. The American Academy of Periodontology reports that "studies found periodontal infection may contribute to the development of heart disease, increase the risk of premature, underweight births, and pose a serious threat to people whose health is already compromised due to diabetes and respiratory diseases."
It is important to be treated for gum disease at the first signs of the problem. Once the infection is advanced, your only option may be surgery. When treated in the earlier stages of the problem, nonsurgical approaches can stop the infection. Usually, both forms of treatment are covered by dental insurance.
Yes! Other teeth will start to shift and move, which results in
losing them as well. Even one missing tooth can affect the proper
ability to chew, which means receiving fewer nutrients from the foods
you eat. You may gain weight due to eating softer, higher-calorie foods.
The bone loss in the jaw that results from missing teeth changes your
appearance to make you look older than your age. Your speech may be
embarrassingly affected, too.
We recommend having missing teeth replaced with dental implants. They can replace one or many teeth. They look very natural and function just like real teeth. They will recapture a beautiful smile and return your confidence.
This test lets us go one step beyond routine dental care. We can determine if you have any predisposition to inflammatory gum infection and also determine the type of bacteria, if the infection has already started. Preventing gum disease can help to guard against the development of diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. This noninvasive and painless test lets us give precise treatment designed especially for you.
The use of laser technology for dental problems has evolved to an almost miraculous level! It produces positive results, and its use is patient friendly and minimally invasive. It has successfully been used in treatment of gum disease, in place of surgery. This FDA-approved procedure is virtually painless and additionally helps to regenerate bone mass in the jaw that may have been lost due to chronic gum infection.
We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at (209) 532-2915.
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